Interview with Capitals Prospect Nathan Forster

By Jeff Charlesworth

Nathan Forster is a defenseman for the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and a 1998 Washington Capitals draft pick. He just
completed his fourth season in Seattle, and should be ready to turn pro next season.

I want to thank Nathan for taking the time to answer my questions, and I would especially like to thank Peter Forster for his help
in making this possible.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a hockey player?

A: If I wasn’t playing I would be going to school and fishing and golfing everyday.

Q: What do you do during the offseason?

A: During the off-season I hit the gym everyday in the morning and have the rest of the day to fish or golf or just relax.

Q: Do you have any game day superstitions?

A: I don’t have any game day superstitions.

Q: What is the greatest moment of your career so far?

A: My greatest memory so far in my hockey career was being drafted to the Caps and also playing in the WHL finals against
Lethbridge in 1997.

Q: Did you expect to be drafted higher in 1998?

A: I didn’t expect much going into the draft because I didn’t have the best year my draft year. I was just happy to be drafted and
knew that this is only the first step to becoming a pro.

Q: What type of player do you describe yourself as?

A: I describe myself as a hard nosed D-man that takes care of his own end first and also likes to jump in the play. I love to play
the body and get in opponents faces.

Q: What is your schedule for your career path as a pro hockey player?

A: My goal is to play in the NHL and make pro hockey my profession.

Q: What is your biggest roadblock to getting to the NHL?

A: My biggest roadblock in getting to the NHL would have to be my weight. I’m always trying to get heavier.

Q: At what point did you realize that getting to the NHL was a possibility?

A: I realized I had a shot at making pro when I started playing junior hockey in Seattle.

Q: What areas do you need to improve upon as a player?

A: I need to work on all parts of my game on and off the ice.

Q: This was a breakout offensive season for you, what was the reason for that?

A: I had a great season up until my leg injury. I just had a lot of confidence and great players to play with this year.

Q: Where do you think you stack up against other defensemen in the Capitals organization?

A: I don’t know where I stack up with the rest of the d-men in the Caps system, they’re all good d-men.

Q: Who is your dream defense partner – past or present – and why?

A: My favorite defensive partner would be Scott Stevens or Adam Foote because I like how they play and I try to play their
style of game.

Q: Which player scares you the most one-on-one, and why?

A: I have the most problem 1 on 1 with small shifty forwards.

Q: What do you think about the attempts to increase offense in the NHL?

A: The attempts to increase the offense in the NHL are all good but I think making the ice bigger would help the offence a lot and
make the game faster.

Q: What do you feel is the single most important attribute for a professional hockey player to have?

A: The single most important attribute for a pro hockey player is belief and confidence.

Q: What advice would you give to a young person interested in becoming a hockey player?

A: My advice to a young hockey player is just to have fun.